Enter the world of Weevil’s Bric-a-Brac shop, a magical place where every object is straight out of a child’s imagination, a place where every object tells a thousand stories…

Inspired by the book Who Are You, Stripy Horse?Under The Eiderdown was a primary school project that aimed to develop children’s speech, language and communication skills through engagement with a story in an extraordinary environment.

 

Punchdrunk Enrichment transformed an area in each school into the world of a chosen story, creating a completely immersive storytelling environment for pupils and staff to experience. Pupils embraced a magical environment in the heart of their school that inspired and ignited their imaginations.

 

Under The Eiderdown was created in 2009 in collaboration with six primary schools in Lewisham. The project has visited 30 schools in Lewisham, Mertson, Islington, Tower Hamlets and Croydon, reaching over 10,000 pupils and 600 teachers.

 

RESEARCH

Punchdrunk Enrichment produced an evaluation document about the impact the project had on pupils and teachers. You can read this report here.

“It was out of this world, I loved it. It makes me want to write millions of stories.”

– Pupil, Stillness Junior School

Creative Team

  • Creators

    Peter Higgin, Katy Balfour & Matthew Blake

  • Designers

    Livi Vaughan & Daniel Richards

  • Sound & Graphic Design

    Stephen Dobbie

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  • A door with a blue patterned curtain and an ‘open’ sign on the window next to a window with the same curtain with two plants on the windowsill
    Under The Eiderdown. Photo by Daniel Richards
  • Close up of bric-a-brac (lampshades, masks on the wall, vintage photos and a typewriter on a table)
    UIE Under The Eiderdown. Photo by Daniel Richards
  • Young pupil crawling through an open doorway
    UIE Under The Eiderdown. Photo by Daniel Richards

“This project has raised standards in writing, and has enabled the children to grow in confidence and have ownership of their creativity. I would recommend this project to any school that would like to create a buzz of excitement for learning that will have an enduring effect”

– Sharon Lynch, Headteacher. St William of York Primary School
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